Gérard Depardieu to play Joseph Stalin in new film
30 December, 2015
Gérard Depardieu to play Joseph Stalin in new film
Gérard Depardieu is set to take on the role of Joseph Stalin in a new French film by actor and director Fanny Ardant, The Guardian reports.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the French actor, who is also a Russian citizen, will play the Soviet dictator in an adaptation of Jean-Daniel Baltassat’s 2013 novel Le Divan de Staline. It will be set in the 1950s and focus on an artist commissioned to make Stalin’s monument.
While the film will be produced by French/Portuguese
company Leopardo Filmes, Moscow-based studio Mosfilm will provide costumes and props.
Since becoming a Russian citizen in 2013 to avoid paying wealth-based taxes, Depardieu has also announced another project dealing with the former Soviet Union. He wants to make a “historically accurate” film about second world war French fighter aces who flew alongside Soviet Air Forces pilots, The Guardian informs.

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